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The Leader's Job

Job of a Leader

Transforming an Organisation

Not everyone can or should want to be a Leader.  Ambition helps, but not on its own; self-confidence is vital, but too much will land you in trouble, determination is an asset, but sometimes Leaders must achieve rather than have the resolution.

 

Leaders tend to be handed the most difficult tasks, usually when management has failed.  Investors, Owners, and Stakeholders will seek a Leader when they need a sea change in their organisations' fortunes.  Leadership is primarily about getting things done; investors know that transforming an organisation's economic future requires lots of doing!  Importantly, they also know they cannot do it alone, which is why they seek out Leaders.  People with experience turning organisations around are not extraordinary but have unique skills and knowledge.  Just as you go to a surgeon for an operation, investors turn to Leadership when the task at hand becomes more than just improving what's being done today. 

Leadership provide a unique way of turning disaster into success.  What they do can look fantastic, often exciting, sometimes exhilarating, and will stimulate and frighten those with weaker dispositions.  By its very nature, turning around a failing organisation will require making difficult decisions - often that are not easy, relatively mundane, and sometimes downright difficult!  Leaders will make tough decisions, and often these decisions will adversely impact the lives of honest, good, hard-working people.  A Leaders task is often unpopular, can be viewed as ruthless, and, being so, be open to criticism by those inside and outside the organisation who prefer it not to be so.

 

So, Leadership is not for everyone.  Indeed, it is only for the few by its very nature.  For example, working long hours (try 24/7), being prepared to sacrifice your time, money, and effort, and having the guts to take the rap when things go wrong.  

Leaders are expected to steer, cajole and drive the organisation out of chaos towards a calmer, more efficient and stable environment.  That requires a Leader to work with determination, foresight and humility.  Leaders take on tasks that others may refuse or are incapable of doing — for example, closing down a business and firing people they like.  Leaders often spend long periods of their lives away from family and friends.  

 

Leaders with vision will see a future where skill levels, knowledge and speed become increasingly vital if we are to survive and prosper in an era where we need to change so much of what we even recently took for granted. Leaders will also guide, encourage and give people credit rather than claim it for themselves. They will be at the forefront of helping people to learn and retrain new skills before it's too late. 

Leaders understand the extent of a challenge.

Leadership is simply doing whatever it takes. 

  

Survival is the priority in any business.  Leaders know that the first rule in business is to survive.  You will find they prioritise the need for sound management - who can ensure healthy financial policies, including strong cash flow and balance sheet performance.  Leaders understand that the costs of turning a business around can be very high in both human and monetary terms.  They quickly prepare the company to withstand future challenges to their assets, people and reserves.  

Leadership is a two-sided coin; those seeking to become a Leader should ask themself whether they are prepared to accept both sides of any endeavour -  not just its benefits but also its sacrifices. You often have to make decisions impacting your private and public life. Prepare to surround yourself with a good team, listen to wise advisors, spend time with a mentor, and above all, have a supportive family committed to helping on the road less travelled. 

 

Nothing prepares you for Leadership more than doing what you know needs to be done.

People often confuse Leadership with determination; you may be highly determined and still underachieve.  Leaders go beyond resolution and step into the world of doing 'whatever it takes'.  You must have the capability and persistence to influence people and events and be ready to show people that your solution is worth the effort, which often can be disagreeable.  Leaders only can gain their success through others, so never fail to ensure people understand, are involved in, and embrace your plans and vision.

The benefit of life as a Leader is becoming wise through actual experiences.  Leadership is, first and foremost, a functional art; it's not just about what you would like to do; it's about thinking through what you can visualise, communicate and execute well.  Oh, and remember Leaders deliver results way better than they promise!

So, if you think you have what it takes to become a Leader, get ready to be tested, all day, every day—become obsessed with learning your markets, spend time developing your strategy, and your people always striving to delight customers with fabulous service and unique products.

​Leaders must have the ability to transmit their vision clearly and be understood.  

 Only the converted will determine if you are authentic - their Leader.

When someone with integrity openly shares their experience and wisdom, can build trust,  encourage others, and convert them into embracing their vision - a Leader is born!

 

Once a Leader

- Always a Leader.

Tips on Transformation

Tough? That's Normal!

Thrive on Challenges

Requires Grit!

Failure? Bounce Back!

Practice Persuasion 

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